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Exile ESB - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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209 Ratings

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
48 IBU

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 05-02-2009)
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Dark but clear amber. Great tan head an excellent retention.

Sweet caramel and bready aroma. Light floral notes.

Very malty and sweet. Toffee, Hawaiian bread. Herbal.

Very smooth mouthfeel. Soft body with moderate carbonation.

A very good esb. It lacks in hops, but decent flavor.

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12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Label says "Exile Red Ale".

A: Pours a rusty copper color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Retention isn't particularly good, and the head's texture is bubbly (almost like soda, but not quite). No lacing is left behind.

S: Very caramely, and also rather nutty. There's also some welcome spiciness from the hops - I'm glad this won't be a total malt bomb. Every so often, some brown sugar hints will pop up. I really think this could use a few fruit esters to take this one over the top.

T: Again, the primary flavor is caramel, and a ton of it. It's moderately well defined as well. Just a touch of earthy hops on the finish. Really simple (again, I'm missing some fruit esters to really make this one work), it must be said. It does an acceptable job of working with what it has, though.

M: I am SO glad this beer is well attenuated and dry. After a while, some sweetness does linger on the palate, but it's hardly enough to make this a chore. It's fairly creamy on the palate, without overdone carbonation.

O: I was torn trying this beer: I like Evolution, but then I realized "lol, ESB" and passed it up time after time. Well, after finally giving this a chance, I can now say that this is an okay example of an ESB - that fact I actually half-like this is a minor miracle (take note, I *don't* like ESBs). Still, there's a good chance I'm going to forget about this beer a month from now.

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Exile ESB from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.